Diarmaid O Corrbuí of the Carmichael Centre, with representatives of groups facing cuts (from left) Dearbhla Wynne, Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, Grainne Denning, Coeliac Society of Ireland, Patricia Towey, Huntington’s Disease Association of Ireland and Rita O’Reilly, Parent Line. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

First, run a funding competition based on woolly criteria. Then, leave the results sitting on the Minister’s desk for months (or at least until after (...)

The site of the proposed National Children’s Hospital, at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. The brief is to create a “world-standard” children’s hospital similar in scale and quality to similar facilities in Australia and New Zealand. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

One of the architectural firms chosen to design the new national children’s hospital at St James’s was involved in designing an earlier version of th(...)

The historic Beamish and Crawford site in Cork is one of the proposed sites for the event centre

A decision on where to locate a €50 million event centre in Cork looks set to be delayed following a decision by a global entertainment company to wi(...)

A Dublin man has claimed the largest ever scratch card prize after scooping €500,000, the National Lottery said today. The man, who wishes to remain p(...)

Then minister for justice Alan Shatter, at a meeting in November 2011 attended by then Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins (above), raised issues including profits of only €9,452 on some €4 million sales of Rehab Lottery scratch cards.    Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Rehab Group has lost its High Court challenge to the Minister for Justice’s decision to abolish the Charitable Lotteries Scheme (CLS), set up to c(...)

A wave of speculation has hit Bundoran, Co Donegal, where the winning ticket in last night’s €12 million Lotto jackpot was sold. In this file picture a surfer makes the most of small wave conditions at  the  Co Donegal resort. Photograph:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Surfing-hotspot Bundoran in Donegal has more than its towering waves to celebrate today as last night’s winning lotto jackpot ticket worth more than (...)

The chapel on the grounds of St James’s Hospital that which is to be demolished. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Building of the proposed new national children’s hospital may not be able to start until a sewer running under the site is rerouted at a cost of €18(...)

Money generated for good causes by the National Lottery has hit its lowest level in eight years on the back falling tickets sales linked to fewer jack(...)

The Government is  pledging to give €30 million to pay for necessary improvements to Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium in Cork

The Government plans to use €200 million from the sale of State assets to fund road and house building and tourism projects that it says will create j(...)

A still from the National Lottery’s new advertising campaign, featuring ‘The Guru’. You can ask him to predict next week’s numbers, but don’t expect him to be much help.

The National Lottery has launched a new advertising campaign to promote its play online channel directly to consumers for the first time.The organisat(...)